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Ruger brings back the old pistol caliber carbine concept

After a decade-long hiatus, Ruger announced last week the return of a pistol caliber carbine series to their catalog with lots of updated features.

The new PC series provides a compact and lightweight carbine aimed at plinkers and the home defense market with a wide-range of magazine well adapters to accommodate a variety of users. The handy takedown carbine ships capable of accepting Ruger SR-series or the new Security-9 series pistol magazines right out of the box, while a Glock 9mm well is included for those who already have a stockpile of those mags. Already have a Ruger American Pistol in 9mm? They offer that magazine well for sale separately.

The gun also has swappable left and right charging handles, a fluted threaded barrel (1/2-inch-28TPI), and lots of other goodies.

More in my column at Guns.com.

The CSA45 is a fresh breath in pistol caliber carbines


While it may appear AR-15ish, the Flint River Arms CSA45 only appears that way. The trigger group is fully interchangeable with AR-15 series triggers, AR surface controls and grips are maintained for familiarity and the adjustable buttstock uses an AR buffer, but that is where the similarities end.

Charley Groves, president of FRA, me the CSA45 (Carbine Short Action) began with a clean sheet design that started off as a sketch on the back of a napkin four years ago.

The CSA45 uses a single billet 6061 T-6 monolithic lower with a left-side charge upper to produce a very handy little carbine. The short-stroke gas-piston system uses two o-rings and runs extremely clean, with test guns running several thousand rounds without hiccups induced due to fouling. As far as internals go, the CSA45 utilizes a rotating four-lug bolt.

It’s short, it’s very clean, and it does exactly what it is supposed to.

More in my column at Guns.com

The New Taurus CT9 Carbine

One of the most peculiar types of firearms of recent times is that amalgam known as the pistol caliber carbine. These handy little rifles, firing rounds designed for handguns, are very popular and Taurus is trying to cash in with their own new design: the CT9.
Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk.com


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